CURA helps turn shipping containers into Intensive care units

CURA – a global open-source initiative aims to convert shipping containers into plug-in Intensive-Care Pods for COVID-19 patients. Each CURA pod can be mounted as a hospital tent, and as safe a regular isolation ward, thanks to bio-containment with negative pressure. The first unit is built and installed at a temporary hospital in Turin, Italy.

Electric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks: study

Any sanitation method would need to decontaminate all surfaces of the respirator, but equally important is maintaining the filtration efficacy and the fit of the respirator to the face of the wearer. Otherwise, it will not offer the right protection

Global vaccine targets ‘far off track’ : UN

The Global Vaccine Action Plan had envisioned a world free from vaccine preventable diseases to avert 1.5 million deaths from preventable diseases each year by 2020

Indian Railways chips in to fight COVID-19 

Indian Railways will operate special Parcel Trains to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities. To transform this dream into reality the Railway employees deployed at various stations, sheds, and control offices will work round the clock to ensure smooth movement of fast moving items and ensure that India lives.

Institutional preparedness for a Pandemic

While a disaster is a multifaceted blow to the economy, employment, and social ethos of a nation it nevertheless is an opportunity to assess one’s capacity, capability, and resilience. It’s the best time to bring health sector reforms and to revisit the role and responsibilities of NDMA.

Surface coating inactivates COVID-19 virus in one hour

A Virginia Tech chemical engineering professor has developed a surface coating that, when painted on common objects, inactivates SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Why does COVID-19 impact only some organs, not others?

COVID-19 mostly affects the lungs and organs, like heart, liver, kidney and parts of the neurological system in severe cases. The biggest question that needs to be answered is - why does the virus target only specific organs?

In a first in India, doctors airlift COVID sequela patient on ECMO from Nepal

The patient was admitted in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTVS ICU) in an intubated state, on ECMO and also started on I/V antibiotics. Radiology images showed that the left lung pneumothorax which meant that it was close to collapsing. A left-sided chest tube was inserted to help drainage and antibiotics modified accordingly.

India set to lead the race to develop COVID-19 vaccine

If all goes well a potentially safe COVID-19 vaccine will be available by the first quarter of 2021 and around 25 crore people will receive 40-50 crore doses by July next year -- the largest vaccination drive in history

Men are more likely to die due to COVID-19 than women

Researchers are of the opinion that men have a significantly higher risk of dying and are three times more likely to need intensive care treatment because of COVID 19

Wearing a mask alone is not enough to prevent COVID-19

A mask definitely helps, but if the people are very close to each other, there is still a chance of spreading or contracting the virus

Virtual events to boost economy and spread awareness about COVID 19

Webinars and virtual meetings are the new normal - worldwide more so in the COVID-19 era.

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